Inside a top fast food franchise: SONIC!

Available Territories and Growth Markets

Expansion opportunities from coast to coast and everywhere in between, with special incentives in select markets

SONIC®’s iconic legacy and contagious brand awareness generated by the popular Two Guys advertising campaign and flexible restaurant model have set the stage for expansion across America.

Franchisee validation is among the best in franchising, brand awareness is at an all-time high and SONIC is poised to double the number of units. Despite 3,600 established locations, there are market opportunities available throughout the country for the right entrepreneur, and we are offering special financial incentives in specific target markets.

Available territories and growth markets

*Special incentives available in select markets

Alabama Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns AlaskaUnavailable
Arizona Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns Arkansas Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns
CaliforniaSelect availability Colorado Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns
Connecticut Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns DelawareStatewide Opportunities
Washington D.C.Select availability FloridaSelect availability
GeorgiaSelect availability HawaiiUnavailable
Idaho Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns IllinoisStatewide Opportunities
IndianaSelect availability IowaSelect availability
Kansas Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns Kentucky Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns
Louisiana Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns MaineStatewide Opportunities
MarylandStatewide Opportunities MassachusettsStatewide Opportunities
MichiganStatewide Opportunities MinnesotaStatewide Opportunities
Mississippi Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns Missouri Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns
MontanaStatewide Opportunities Nebraska Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns
Nevada Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns New HampshireStatewide Opportunities
New JerseyStatewide Opportunities New MexicoUnavailable
New YorkSelect availability North CarolinaSelect availability
North Dakota Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns OhioSelect availability
Oklahoma Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns OregonSelect availability
PennsylvaniaSelect availability South CarolinaSelect availability
Rhode Island Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns Tennessee Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns
South DakotaSelect availability Utah Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns
Texas Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns Virginia Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns
VermontStatewide Opportunities West Virginia Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns
Washington Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns Wyoming Limited availabilityNon-traditional opportunities / Small Towns
WisconsinStatewide Opportunities

Non-traditional opportunities/Small towns – in areas where we have limited territory available, we are pursuing non-traditional opportunities such as those located in small towns, on college campuses or in airports, or c-store and travel plaza co-brands. To find out about your specific market, please fill out a request franchise information form.

For international opportunities, please visit our international page

Fast food franchise opportunities: SONIC thrives in small markets

The social nature of the drive-in model makes it a good fit for a small market; it is an instant community gathering place. You might think of SONIC as a burger franchise, but almost 40 percent of our sales are ice cream or fountain drinks, and most sales happen in the after-school hours. Our diverse menu gives operators a chance to bring a wide variety of food options to customers hungry for something different. The drive-in model is also less expensive to build than a typical restaurant, making it possible to get a faster ROI.

“We have some locations that have been open for more than 30 years in markets with as few as 1,000 people,” says Johnny Jones, SONIC’s Vice President of Real Estate & Development. “Our first location more than 60 years ago was in small Shawnee, Oklahoma, and although we work in all sizes of markets, we still find that franchisees get nice business returns in small markets today.”

Diverse franchise models expand opportunities

At SONIC, we are all about innovation and customization to optimize the consumer’s experience and maximize ROI for our franchisees. We have built on the unprecedented strength of our traditional drive-in models and adapted to growing demand for our drive-in restaurants in colder climates. In more urban footprints we offer modified designs featuring indoor dining, as well as counter service, that do well in airports and other indoor retail areas.

“When we made the switch to national media, it created pent-up demand so that in new markets people are already familiar with us. When franchisees open a new unit, we literally have lines of people waiting to try us out,” says Vice President of Real Estate and Development Johnny Jones.

Corporate team optimizes site selection

SONIC invests heavily in its franchisees, working alongside them during the site selection process to help them locate an optimum area. SONIC is a mature brand that has traditionally been placed in warmer-weather markets, but the inside-dining model allows us to expand our top fast food franchise to colder locations.

“At SONIC, within the real estate and development group, we have real estate professionals with more than 100 years of combined site selection and demographic analysis experience,” Johnny says. “They are all skilled in contract negotiation and site selection and work as liaisons with real estate agents.”

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